How many brought your Bibles to the House of the Lord?
All right. Get him out. Fire him up.
I want to begin today in Exodus, the third chapter, beginning with the first verse.
Exodus 3:1-6 KJV
1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.2 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.4 And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
How many have ever heard this story before?
So you've heard this story before. How God begins to call unto Moses and begins to convey to Moses that he has heard the cry, affliction of his people and he's preparing to lead them out of bondage. And not only is he going to lead them out of bondage, but he's also going to use Moses to do it.
And so skipping down, we want to go down to the fourth chapter, beginning with the first verse.
Exodus 4:1-14 KJV
1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.2 And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.3 And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.4 And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: 5 That they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.6 And the Lord said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.7 And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.8 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.9 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.10 And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.11 And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.13 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.14 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.
Now I imagine, if you will, that you were in Moses' shoes and you just heard the voice of God. You saw the burning bush. You came up to the mountain of God. You heard God speaking through the angel out of the burning bush.
It says you saw the signs that God performed in your very body with the rod, with leprosy, the promise of taking water and turning it into blood.
And you saw these things with your own eyes. And you could declare that God was everything that he said that he would be. He's everything that he said that he already was. You would have no doubt in your mind that God was God.
He goes on to say, well, who should I say is sending me to the children of Israel? He said, tell him that I Am is sending you. And that's what the sacred name of God Yahweh literally translated means, I Am. I Am that I Am the self-existent one.
And so Moses saw with his own eyes that day on the Holy Mount, all that God was and all that he could do. And this was just a small sample, and there was no doubt in Moses mind that God was who He said He was. So how is it that God ended up being angry at Moses?
Everybody remember, raise your hand and see if you can remember what we've heard in this house. What faith is? We know the scripture that says in Hebrews 11, Now faith is the substance is things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Furthermore, verse 6. But without faith, it is impossible to please God.
He who comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. But what have we heard in this house, what faith is? I walked into our pastor's house and there, above the dining room there to walk out onto their debt deck. Sister Christie, what does that say that you printed up there?
That faith is a right attitude towards God and a right attitude towards yourself.
So you cannot tell me this day that Moses was in the very presence of God, saw what God could do, heard the voice of God. You can not tell me or convince me that Moses did not have the right attitude towards God. So what was so displeasing in God's sight that God actually got angry at the one he was calling to be his prophet and his spokesman? And it said upon his death that Israel has never had a prophet like a prophet Moses, save Jesus Christ himself.
Church, it was because he didn't have a right attitude towards himself.
You can have all the faith in God and you cannot tell me today that these people does not have faith in God. I could go right down the row and point to every single one of you and be able to declare with a true testimony a witness that you've got faith in God. There is no doubt in your mind of who God says that he is. He actually is what he says he can do. He will actually be able to do. And there is not any fault in your faith in God. Today.
But what if I came and told you that that's not all that faith was, that faith is a right attitude towards God and it is a right attitude towards your self and you can have the one part and have it perfect in God's sight. And yet we can fall short in the second part and God's hand can not move in our life.
He say about the Bible talks about, all we have to do is have a right attitude towards God and have faith in God. But that's not all the faith is. We must have a right attitude towards herself and the part God put up with Moses through all of these 13 verses in Chapter 4 of coming up with excuse after excuse. And God answered this excuse and he answered the excuses. He provided a solution until Moses finally said, It doesn't matter what you say, God. Go ahead and choose somebody else. Moses was disqualifying himself from the promise, and that's what got God angry.
Didn't get him angry that he raised questions, didn't get him angry that he might even be struggling with some doubt as the man that came to Jesus and said, Lord, I believe help thou my unbelief. Jesus didn't chastise him for that, that he was struggling in his faith.
But when he chastised Moses, it was is it in his attitude towards himself that it doesn't matter, God, all that I've just witnessed with my own eyes. I can't believe that you would use someone like me. Now, this is the man that grew up in Pharaoh's household. Miraculous series of events was slated for the execution, was placed in the back basket, floated down the river. It's amazing that the crocodiles didn't get him about two seconds after he was placed in the water.
You know the story I don't have to recount to you. They're getting ready to show it on TV. Passover season is coming up. You watch it yourself. Charlton Heston, the Ten Commandments.
Raised in Pharaoh's household, the son of Pharaoh's daughter had the best, highest education could possibly be. And if you'll read in Acts Chapter 7, when Stephen's recounting all this one of ths, one of the seven deacons, he even says that Moses was told, probably by his mother and father, because he knew even though he was raised in Pharaoh's household, he was nursed by his mother, miraculous series of events.
And somehow he came into the knowledge that God would use him to be a deliverer for his people, even 40 years before he shows up on Mount Sinai. Go back. Read it yourself. Chapter 7. But what happened is he took matters into his own hand and now he's in trouble with Pharaoh and he ends up on the backside of the desert. And what happens in that 40 years time I've made a mistake. Maybe these things I was telling myself and maybe it wasn't true. And I tried to step into what I thought I should be doing. And it didn't work out. Now I'm on the backside of the desert and he's put all that behind him.
And he said that really was not for me. And now when he has time actually comes.
And God himself shows up on the scene and God himself is calling him out by name and telling him all the ways that he's going to use them.
He can't get past this image that he has of itself, that he's a mess up. He somehow no good, that it doesn't matter what happened in the past, where he was raised and what advantages that he had. Now he's got this image that that was not for me. So much time has passed that maybe those promises weren't true. He can believe in God. He can give witness to God. It is all that he says that he is and in all that he's come to do. But he is excluding himself from the promise and is not the first time that this has happened.
You know the story of Abraham in Genesis Fifteen back up a few chapters after these things.
Genesis 15:1-6 KJV
1 After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.2 And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? 3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.4 And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.6 And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
And so, Abraham, it was counted on to him for righteousness. Not that he believe just the promise of what God can do, but what God could do in him.
And that was counted on to him for righteousness.
And where the problem came is the very next verse in Chapter 16 said,.
Genesis 16:1-2 (KJV)
1 Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
And so we're all the problem came that we're still experiencing in the Middle East today is that Sarai, in her mind, she could believe that someone else, her husband could be used of God. God could do great and miraculous things to her husband, but she couldn't believe that God would do it through her. And she excluded herself from this promise and took matters into her own hands.
And Abraham said, well, I know what God's promises for me and I believe it. If you can't believe, then let's get the show on the road.
We're still having problems because of that. And God had they then show up again through the angels and call it Abraham out and said it's going to be through Sarah, not through anybody else.
And Sarah had excluded in her mind so much that when she heard the promise was not just to Abraham, but to her as well. She laughed because she was in the tent, she overheard and she laughed at the promise of God. And who knows what she was laughing about? Maybe saying, well, maybe when pigs fly that this thing might come to pass.
Can you imagine if God had to send that sign to each and every one of us?
Have we said that in our heart, when it comes to the promise applying to us, that we believe that God can do great things and that He is who he says He is, but we're excluding ourselves from that promise.
And maybe we've said it in our heart. Well, maybe when pigs fly, that'll come to pass. It's bad enough dodging birds, and when they relieve themselves mid-flight, it lands on your windshield and your car. Can you imagine flying pigs with that would be like? I'm pretty sure our insurance rates would go up.
Maybe when pigs fly.
But shall I have pleasure, she said, after my body is as old and dead and wasted, there was no chance back then and surely there's not a chance now. And she excluded herself. And the promise from the promise of God and God had to rebuke her right then and there. Just like God rebuke Moses. And his anger was kindled against Sarah, just like he was kindled against Moses.
And see, what my concern is today is that God's anger would be kindled against me.
Not that I don't believe in God and the promises of God. But I don't believe that God could use me.
And I would exclude myself from the promises of God and God's anger would be kindled against me because you see, we would think in our own mind. Oh, no, no, I'm going to step back.
I'm going to step back. Lord, there's a whole group of people here that are wonderful and qualified and they're the greatest people on the face of the earth. And I fully well believe that you can use them. Any of these here.
But, you know, you don't need me. I'm just going to stand back in the shadows to where you can't see me anymore. Go and send by their hand, Lord. And is God's wrath going to get kindled against me because I would do such a thing?
See, the thing about Moses. God's wrath was kindled against him, but he didn't let off the hook because the promise was to Moses. God's wrath was kindled against Sarah had to rebuke her right then and there. He didn't let Sarah off the hook because the promise was to Sarah, too. I don't think God's gonna let us off the hook in The Master's House, because the promise is to each and every one of you.
It's not just that God desires to use you.
It's not just that that's part of his plans. But he doesn't have a backup for your spot.
But David, you sure you want to say that God can be very persuasive, can He?
A right attitude towards God. But what's going to get the job done is when we start having a right attitude towards ourselves. Well, Lord. Things have happened in my life. And they didn't work out the way that I thought. And when I was younger, I had big plans from myself. And I had big expectations for myself. And I believed that I could do great things in myself. But life just didn't turn out the way that I thought that it would. And so maybe I'm not all that I thought that I would be. God came to someone with a speech impediment. God came to someone with a dead womb. God has always chosen servants and instruments that were not perfect because he wanted to get the glory.
It's not about our glory. It's about his glory in us. And church if will only begin to believe, it will only begin to change our attitude about ourselves.
And you said, well, God persuaded Moses. Does that mean that Moses got the big head? No. It said there was no man meeker on all the face of the earth than the man Moses.
Didn't change him having the right attitude towards yourself doesn't mean all of sudden, you have to get prideful. The fact is just the opposite. He just simply accepted the premise that God could use him and then said, Lord, have your way. Here I am. Use me. Oh church, the promises, the promises that God has given to each and every one of you. Stop pointing to your brother.
Stop pointing to your sister and saying, I believe God's going to use them and great and mighty ways, but I'm going to stand back in the shadows.
And it's for someone else. And God keep sending the promises to you. Does he have to show up in a pillar of fire and call your name out specifically?
Before that, we'll believe. Moses was 80 years old.
I don't know that many of us make a pass 80, in fact, even Solomon said, what was it?
Three score years and ten, we make it to four score years. You're really doing something.
And Moses was only getting started in God's eyes, no matter where you are in your life today. God wants to use you if you'll only have a right attitude towards yourself.
The key is faith in God! No, that is not the key, because you've already got faith in God. You can't tell me. You cannot convince me that you are not a people of faith. The key for you being used is to have a right attitude towards yourself.
Just believe that promise is for you. And watch how God begins to move in your life. He'll move in your life for your family. He's going to move in your life at your job.
He's going to move in your life and through you for your neighborhood and for this city and for this state and for this nation and for this world.
God wants to use you. If you'll just have a right attitude towards yourself.
With every head bowed and every eye close to begin to reach out until the Lord.
Here I am, God use me, here I am God. Use me.
If you say I'm important to you, Lord, then that makes me important. If you say that your promises are for me as well, then that means your promises are for me.
Here I am. Oh, God. Use me.